What are Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks are literally that, an attack of sudden panic. They can come out of nowhere and are quite scary when they do. There is usually a “trigger” that starts the attack, which can be rooted deep within the mind itself. A panic attack could even occur standing in line at the market. For more information and help with this disorder, contact us today!
3 Tips to bring peace to the panic
The good news is that there are straightforward ways to cope with these attacks if they occur. The following tips are easy to do and can help bring peace to the panic.
- 1) Slow your breathing down! When panic attacks first hit, your heart will start to race. Take a deep breath in, hold it for a few seconds, then slowly release the breath.
- 2) Practice mindfulness and allow the thought to be there without fighting it. Accept the idea but don’t give it the attention it needs to grow and overcome you. It is like adding fuel to the fire, just don’t do it.
- 3) Think about something else. A distraction away from the negative thought can be done using your five senses. Look around you and find something else to focus your attention on such as looking at a tree. Observe the leaves and then start counting them. You could also listen for sounds to focus your attention on, such as a bird chirping or a car driving nearby. Taste what is in your mouth and focus on that. Touch your fingers together, or massage your temples and concentrate on that.
Some people say panic attacks are all in your head, well, they are right. The mind is powerful and profound. Subconscious fears can be very difficult to live with, but knowing there are ways to deal with them can bring a sense of peace in and of itself. For more information on dealing with panic attacks, call us as Stonebriar Counseling Associates.